Tag: Criminal Justice

Swedish Judge Deems A$AP Rocky a Flight Risk, Rapper Ordered to Stay in Jail for 3rd Week

Photo: Photo by Phillip Faraone (Getty Images for Stella Artois) A$AP Rocky will spend at least three weeks in a Swedish jail before being charged with a crime. As TMZ reports, a judge ordered the rapper, born Rakim Mayers, to stay in jail an additional week as prosecutors continue their investigation into a fight that […]

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Would You Let the Man Who Killed Your Sister Out of Prison?

CINCINNATI — On a drizzly morning last summer, Patricia Jackson opened her door to two strangers. They told her they had come on behalf of a man named Angelo Robinson. Ms. Jackson grew cold at the mention. Angelo Robinson was the man who had shot and killed her sister, Veronica, 21 years earlier. She told […]

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Prison for Life. He Turned Himself Around. So I Freed Him.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. — In January 1999, Robert Clarence Potts III was sentenced to life in prison. He was 28, and had been convicted of drug and weapons charges. The federal judge sentencing him seemed to express some regret at the gravity of the penalty. But under the law at the time, Mr. Potts […]

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It Looks Like Meek Mill May Get a New Trial: ‘We Are One Step Closer to Justice’

Rapper Meek Mill departs with his son Rihmeek “Papi” Williams after a hearing at a Pennsylvania appeals court in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Photo: Matt Rourke (AP Photo) Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, has spent the last 11 years of his life hounded by a drug and gun conviction that stole his freedom […]

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A Hit Podcast Finds ‘True Crime’ in the Justice System

ST. PAUL — On a fall day in 2015, Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark went for a walk through the extensive skyway that threads through the buildings of downtown St. Paul. They were new colleagues at APM Reports, a division at American Public Media where investigative reporters and radio producers had been “smushed together,” as […]

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Buttigieg, Struggling With Black Voters, Releases Plan to Address Racial Inequities

WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg, whose presidential campaign is struggling to appeal to African-American voters even as it gains more support from Democratic donors, on Thursday released a plan to “dismantle racist structures and systems” in the federal government. Mr. Buttigieg’s announcement comes after weeks of scrutiny of his record on racial justice as mayor of […]

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Student Journalist Uncovers High School’s Use of Prison Labor

ImageCreditAmherst-Pelham Regional High School In mid-April, Sara Barber-Just screened “Spotlight,” the 2015 film about The Boston Globe’s discovery of a sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, for her high school journalism students. The students were enthralled. One asked Ms. Barber-Just if she had ever done a similar investigation. Ms. Barber-Just, a journalism teacher […]

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5 Key Things to Know About Tiffany Cabán

She entered the race as a long shot candidate, a 31-year-old public defender seeking to outrun her odds despite facing far more established candidates. But Tiffany Cabán’s progressive candidacy quickly gained momentum, national attention and donations from afar. The Democratic primary for Queens district attorney won’t likely be officially decided until next week, after absentee […]

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NYC District Attorney Candidate Backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Among Other Progressives Claims Democratic Primary Victory

Public defender Tiffany Cabán declares victory in the Queens district attorney Democratic primary race, June 25, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Scott Heins (Getty Images) In what will be a major upset to the Democratic Party machine and old-guard Democrats if it holds, a progressive and openly queer Latina attorney […]

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NYC District Attorney Candidate Backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Democratic Primary Victory

Public defender Tiffany Cabán declares victory in the Queens district attorney Democratic primary race, June 25, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Scott Heins (Getty Images) In what will be a major upset to the Democratic Party machine and old-guard Democrats if it holds, a progressive and openly queer Latina attorney […]

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How Tiffany Cabán Would Reshape The Criminal Justice System

I first met Tiffany Cabán just before Valentine’s Day, in a crowded cafe not far from the downtown Manhattan court where she was still working cases as a public defender. Two weeks before, she had announced her campaign to become the next district attorney in Queens. Last night, she beat the odds, declaring victory in […]

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Clarence Thomas’s Unprecedented America

The Supreme Court began this week by correcting an injustice. A local prosecutor in Mississippi tried and convicted Curtis Flowers six times for allegedly murdering four people at a furniture store in 1996. Two of those trials ended in hung juries; courts tossed out three of the convictions for prosecutorial misconduct or racial discrimination in […]

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Queens D.A. Primary Too Close to Call, as Cabán Narrowly Leads Katz

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It was billed as a contest of criminal justice reformers, a six-way Democratic primary for district attorney in Queens that would soften the tough-on-crime policies that have long typified this working-class borough of New York. Hours after the polls […]

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Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney: The Times Endorsement

On Tuesday, June 25, voters in Queens will go to the polls to select the Democratic candidate to be its next district attorney. Find out where to vote in the primary and when here. The general election is Nov. 5. Below is the Times’ primary endorsement of Tiffany Cabán. In 1991, the year Richard Brown […]

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Why Los Angeles Could Be the Setting for the ‘Most Important D.A. Race’ in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles has the biggest jail system in America and sends people to state prison at almost four times the rate of San Francisco, even though violent crime has fallen in both cities. And there has not been a death penalty case in San Francisco in decades, while prosecutors in Los Angeles […]

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A Race for Queens D.A., but Ocasio-Cortez, Warren and Sanders Loom

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] One persistent, if timeworn, image of Queens, popularized in television shows like “All in the Family” and “King of Queens,” centers on white working-class families in New York City’s second most populous borough. Another is that of an ethnically […]

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Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney

In 1991, the year Richard Brown began a nearly 28-year tenure as Queens district attorney, crack had turned New York neighborhoods into battlegrounds and 2,154 people were murdered in the city. Mr. Brown and other law enforcement officials responded with, among other tactics, aggressive prosecutions that filled prisons and devastated generations of black and Hispanic […]

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Manhattan District Attorney Refuses to Reopen Cases Handled by Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein

Photo: Paul Hawthorne (Getty Images) Since the release of Netflix’s haunting masterpiece When They See Us, karma has been working overtime to derail the lives and careers of former prosecutor Linda Fairstein and attorney Elizabeth Lederer—two of the biggest beneficiaries of the Exonerated Five’s 1990 convictions. When Karma Has GPS: Linda Fairstein Dropped By Literary […]

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Kim Kardashian West Partners with Lyft to Provide 5,000 Former Prisoners With Transportation to Job Interviews

Photo: Evan Vucci (AP Photo) Kim Kardashian is problematic as hell. She’s also inexplicably gone from socialite to social justice superheroine as of late, being instrumental in commuting the life sentence of non-violent offender Alice Johnson; deploying her legal team to assist Cyntonia Brown in her eventual clemency; and unleashing her white privilege to address […]

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‘Appalled’ and ‘Disappointed’: Federal Judge Tells St. Louis to Stop Dragging Feet on Cash Bail Order

The city of St. Louis can no longer hold people in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay bail, a federal judge ruled last week. The decision was celebrated by the city’s civil rights advocates, who have argued for years that its cash bail system was unconstitutional. But following the ruling—which gave city officials […]

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